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Downtown Walking Tour

This Hallowed Ground: Slavery in New York

Begins at Castle Clinton & ends at the African Burial Ground. Stops include the sites of the Wall Street slave market, African Pinkster celebration & more.

By the early 18th century New York City was second only to Charleston, South Carolina as an urban center of slavery. Four in ten households owned at least one enslaved person. Kidnapped, sold and put to work in the most objectionable jobs, hear their stories of struggle and triumph—from New Amsterdam where freedom could be earned to colonial New York, where subversive retention of culture was a rare victory in the face of oppression.

Written and narrated by Sam Roberts, Urban Affairs Correspondent, The New York Times, this audio walking tour features commentary from noted historians including Mike Wallace, author of Gotham and Christopher Moore, historian, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.

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PARTNERSHIP FOR THIS HALLOWED GROUND: This tour was created by the Harbor Conservancy and the National Park Service in collaboration with The New York Times Community Affairs Department. The Tiffany & Co. Foundation is among the founding supporters of the Harbor Conservancy. Their generous grant was matched, in part, by federal funds to produce this tour. Additional funding was provided by American Express.

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